They sure don't play like sophomores.
Jennifer Ryan and Ashlie Hain of La Reina High look as comfortable as anyone else on the volleyball court, but the second-year standouts led the Regents to a 15-2, 15-5, 15-9 nonleague victory over host Simi Valley on Tuesday.
Ryan, a 6-foot middle blocker, had 11 kills and Hain, a 5-9 setter, had nine kills and 14 assists despite injuring her upper right arm during warmups.
They each had five kills and only one hitting error in the first game, ensuring a strong start for La Reina (2-0).
"They're beyond sophomore years in terms of volleyball," La Reina Coach Don Hyatt said. "It's a fun time right now."
It's been pretty fun for La Reina for several years. Winners of the last six Tri-Valley League titles, the Regents appear to have the inside track on a seventh, though Bishop Diego stands in the way.
"I think we can go all the way [in league]," Ryan said.
Melody Eckmier, a 6-2 transfer from Van Nuys, had five kills for Simi Valley (1-1), which finally started to click in the third game, but couldn't hold a 9-8 lead.
La Reina scored the final seven points of the match.
"That wasn't the way we were supposed to play," Eckmier said. "We were dead out there tonight."